2019-01-01 16:37:38

Our first monthly chat topic of the new year.
As always the rules are simple, feel free to chat about pretty much anything going on in your life at the moment, from education/employment, books/games/films/music to any random interests or plots to take over the world you might have big_smile.

Unfortunately, as I said at the end of December's topic, Mrs. Dark and I are still feeling bloody awful as we both have terrible colds, albeit the fact that I can actually sit up at my computer is a bonus since I've not been able to do that for a couple of days now.

I'm hoping 2019 goes better than 18, since while 18 wasn't as bad as 14, there was a lot of frustration and bad stuff going on, but its a new year so hopefully we'll see some changes.
The biggest thing on the horizon for me right now is my formal graduation ceremony in two weeks where i get actually presented with the certificate for my phd (I've been awarded the qualification, this is just the formal ceremony, albeit a big formal ceremony at Durham cathedral in full academic robes etc).

Unfortunately, Durham university with their usual efficiency have contacted me not at all about my graduation since I phoned them earlier this year, which means I don't even know when I need to be at the cathedral big_smile.

I bet they've sent the details to my Durham email address, the one which has been inaccessible for the last 10 or so years which I've repeatedly told people not to use big_smile.
Still it should be fixable, albeit it will probably mean me having to do a lot of annoying phone calls tomorrow when their office reopens.

My lady is having similar bureaucratic hassles in trying to sign up for a councelling qualification, though hopefully that will get sorted this year since, if we can't find anything singing, that is what she really wants to do.

for me, the other annoying  point about haaving a cold is my work on my sf novella has had to stop for a while. This is a shame since I have had a suggestion of what I might do with it when its finished, and I've pretty much decided writing is what I want to do at this stage. My poetry has been liked by the people who've heard it, and I would be interested in taking things further and writing fiction etc.

I'm also continuing with the book reviews, though due to some issues in the personal life of the poor webmaster, fantasybookreview.co.uk has a wee bit of a backlog at the second, still, my thoughts on books should be appearing soon, and as people will have noticed from the update last week, I am trying to take the db in hand and get things uptodate there too.

So hope everyone else is having a good 2019 thus far, and feeling better than I am big_smile.

With our dreaming and singing, Ceaseless and sorrowless we! The glory about us clinging Of the glorious futures we see,
Our souls with high music ringing; O men! It must ever be
That we dwell in our dreaming and singing, A little apart from ye. (Arthur O'Shaughnessy 1873.)

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2019-01-02 03:19:48

Hmm. Well, last month, a few friends and I decided to rent out an apartment off campus and split the costs, so I've been and will continue to work on getting all that sorted. Plus the usual school stuff and all that. A new semester, another chance for the university to come calling for another few thousand dollars or so. For some reason, the university wants money. I can't fathom for the life of me why. LOL!!! Either way, I'm sure this will be a good year, here's to hoping, anyways.

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2019-01-02 15:16:28

@Jaseoffire, good luck with the new place, moving can be a pain  can be worth it when you get somewhere of your own.
Also, don't talk about university. I was finally! able to phone Durham university this morning, to ask about the graduation ceremony, it turns out they not only forgot I existed, but also forgot I'd previously booked the damnable thing.
Since trains, accommodation and such are all booked anyway, this was a major hassle. We do seem to have sorted it out, but having to make long phone conversations confirming my existence and booking hiring of academic robes and so on was not fun when I currently sound (as my brother pointed  out), rather like Dr. Claw from inspector gadget, though I suppose at least he is a doctor so its not all that inappropriate.

And after all, by the same logic that translated Harry potter and the philosopher's stone to the sorcerer's stone, I logically now have a phd in sorcery big_smile.

Again I hope others are starting 2019 feeling a little better than I am right now big_smile.

With our dreaming and singing, Ceaseless and sorrowless we! The glory about us clinging Of the glorious futures we see,
Our souls with high music ringing; O men! It must ever be
That we dwell in our dreaming and singing, A little apart from ye. (Arthur O'Shaughnessy 1873.)

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2019-01-03 05:52:33

I know that I haven't been around much, but I am quite busy, since exams for the first year of my colege are about to start in two months or so. it honestly depends upon election really. because elections are quite a disruptive process here in India, which probably is my own thinking, considering I hate big speaches and crowds.

Also, I am about to complete learning C, just two more topics to cover. (Arays and pointers.)

Of course I still don't have any experience in working on a project for now, which hopefully I would be able to get this year, as well as a part time job around June, because me and my friend are planning to get a small flat for ourselves.

It wouldn't be for permanent living, just some temporary retreat, in my case whenever the large amounts of guests are coming to the home, or my mother wants me to take me somewhere where I really don't want to go.

This also will be my first step for some indipendents.

I also wish there were some guides for creating audio games, since there are a lot of guides of video games in the internet. but the inclusion of the graphics complicates things. of course I don't want a guide which would help me in creating a game in particular, but a general guide would be appreciated.

@Dark:

Congrads for the PHD. I also would destroy the virus species of cold once I take over the world. because let me be honest, getting a cold at the very start of the year is not fun.

Well, the targets of this year is get fifty squats just like the push ups of the previous year, complete more games, get experience in real work, start to learn another programming language, continue to write my fanfic, and the rule that I can add and remove the targets if I choose to do so.

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2019-01-03 06:15:21

Oh. Don't get me started on the general lack of good documentation for audio programming, and good documentation and tools for audio game development. Anyways, best of luck learning C. It's easier than C++ at least. Well, most of the time, anyways. Arrays and pointers are an interesting topic, and now, I should stop before I go off on a technical ramble. @Dark Best of luck on the whole sorting out your own existence. Ahh well. Consider it an extra test of your abilities, I guess. After all, isn't that the job of a philosopher? LOL!!! Which reminds me. That paper of yours. It should be out now, correct? I shall go hunt that down.

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2019-01-03 19:59:41

@Jaseoffire, If you really want to read my thesis you can Find it here You can read the initial abstract and download the pdf which I can confirm is made of readable text big_smile.
Bare in mind though that academic ethics is written in a very specific way so it isn't exactly what you'd call light reading.

Still, the deffinition of accessibility used there is the same one as used for games on the db so it has had at least a little application I suppose, for all at this point  am frankly sick to death of the hole subject and want to do something else, hence why I'd prefer to write fiction, or at least I do when I'm feeling less crappy than I currently do.

@Dark eagle, good luck with the exams and the new flat. Politics over here has been equally nuts with the hole brexit debate, so I definitely sympathise on the big speeches angle.

I don't have any specific new years resolutions, though I would like to actually get some fiction published this year since I've pretty much decided that is what I'd like to be doing at this stage.
I've also picked up Land of livia again. I stopped because I had completed the prologue but seemed pretty stuck as I couldn't seem to complete the first few quests in chapter 1. This however I suspect was because I didn't have enough legendary gear or gems, so I've gone on a hunt for both.
I will  say I do find the game addictive, even if I curse when my brain isn't able to play mastermind correctly big_smile.

With our dreaming and singing, Ceaseless and sorrowless we! The glory about us clinging Of the glorious futures we see,
Our souls with high music ringing; O men! It must ever be
That we dwell in our dreaming and singing, A little apart from ye. (Arthur O'Shaughnessy 1873.)

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2019-01-04 01:58:47

Hi everyone!
Well things have been busy, my niece and nephew are still staying with us which has been a lot of fun. It's good to have them around, I haven't seen either one of them since the summer, it's especially good to see my niece, she's a little older and we have a lot in common. She loves the game skyrim, and I like to listen to her play. I was teasing her the other day, I asked if she'd rather stop playing skyrim forever or eat the disk. She didn't want to answer but we both had a good laugh about it.
There parents are not so good at parenting, so my sister and I try our best to be role models for the both of them.
I've been listening to bard books, not the whole thing, but listening to some of my favorite chapters from my favorite books. I'm very happy that you can get some of the commercial audiobooks from there, I appreciate what library of congress is doing, but the people they get to narrate some of the books aren't so good. They don't change there voice enough, so after a while it's hard to tell one character in a book from another.
I've been heart-broken that the movie vault has scrapped there tv shows. I found out too late to get some of my favorites, and it pains me there will be no new additions of tv shows. Thankfully I've gotten most of what I wanted the simpsons especially and other various adult cartoons. I can't believe after all that work to get all those shows they are just going to dump it all with no regard for what people want. I understand having money problems, but the least they could do is give us a ninety day warning so we could be prepared for what was coming. I deleted family guy, and now I can't get it back. It's no great loss but still if I had known I would have kept even though it was taking up too much space.
Well I've been having fun with puzzle games, especially preludimals! I haven't beaten any levels yet but I'm having a blast. I also want to get back into AHC I haven't played that in a while and I miss it.

@Dark, I hope you feel better, I've had nasty colds like that before. In fact my whole family has colds, by some miracle I have managed to avoid it for now.
In last month's topic you mentioned you were writing a sci-fi novella, if you finish it I'd love to give it a read, I love sci-fi and fantasy more than any other genre!

Guitarman.
What has been created in the laws of nature holds true in the laws of magic as well. Where there is light, there is darkness,  and where there is life, there is also death.
Aerodyne: first of the wizard order

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2019-01-07 05:48:29

@Guitarman, sadly the scifi novella has been on hiatus along with pretty much everything else, since my lady and I have been literally in bed for the last week with said bloody awful cold. On the plus side this did give us a chance to discover Becky Chambers Wayfarer series, which has been bloody awesome, and probably is the best new  scifi that I've run across in quite a long while. actually to say the first book, a long way to a small angry planet was published in 2014, and the second book A closed and common orbit was published in 2016, its really great to know someone is writing good sf these days.

On the down side, beside me playing a bit more of land of Livia and doing the odd wordsearch or trivia puzzle on gameworld, we haven't exactly got much else done, which for me means a distinct lack of writing, a lack of harp practice (which is pretty bad), and a lack of doing reviews or work on the db which is also pretty bad, as I'd like to get uptodate with all of the blindfold games, not to mention six ages. 

I also have my graduation looming on  Wednesday, which will be nice, albeit yee gods its taken a very long time, I just hope this cold is completely gone by then and I'm not alternatively coughing and sniffing my way through the ceremony big_smile.

With our dreaming and singing, Ceaseless and sorrowless we! The glory about us clinging Of the glorious futures we see,
Our souls with high music ringing; O men! It must ever be
That we dwell in our dreaming and singing, A little apart from ye. (Arthur O'Shaughnessy 1873.)

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2019-01-10 16:28:55

@Jaseoffire:

Exactly what I  am talking about. now, you can learn programming all you want. but creating games is a different matter. you need not only good understanding of the language you are working with, but libraries as well. and then you have to choose which library you want to use.

That is why it would have been nice if there were more documentation about these things.

As for C, apparently, my teacher told me that arays are only there for data purposes only, according to him, he doesn't use them during the development of applications. it is always if/else, loops, functions, etc.

Still not started on the pointers yet, since he decided to cover arays before pointers.

On to the different topics:

I recovered from my tarrible cold, which turned in to a feaver, hopefully, I wouldn't have to suffer another one at least for a while.

Interestingly enough, my beta reader also suffered the same thing, guess we can call 2019 the year of cold.

Aside from that, I don't know whether  I talked about this here often or not, but I am writing a fanfic. now, I don't have much trouble with dialogs, but I am having trouble with discriptions of the things around a character, and fight scenes. if you guys have some tips to share regarding this, they will be apreciated.

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2019-01-10 22:30:04

Hi.
@Dark Eagle, I have the same problem with writing. I can see scenes in my head, but it's very hard for me to describe exactly what I mean and what's happening. I would love to make a game with complex storyline, but I can't figure how to describe things the way I see them in my head. The best advice I can give you is to really study what your writing your fanfic about so you have a good understanding of what your trying to write.
@Dark, you might be interested to know that becky chambers has written a third in the wayfarers series that just came out. It's called record of a spaceborn few, it's not on bard yet, but it is on iTunes. I started to read the long way to a small angry planet, but stopped after a little while. Not because it was bad, I enjoyed it very much I just wanted to read something else at the time. I would like to get back into the book, I love the characters, all of them really stand out to me, which isn't the case with a lot of sci-fi these days. A lot of new science fiction has a game of thrones style, where nobody trusts anyone and everyone is constantly backstabbing each other, or it's very preachy grim stuff that always talks about how hopeless everything is. I might pick chambers back up in the next few days, I want to learn more about the aliens, since I didn't get that far to know anything about them.

Guitarman.
What has been created in the laws of nature holds true in the laws of magic as well. Where there is light, there is darkness,  and where there is life, there is also death.
Aerodyne: first of the wizard order

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2019-01-11 18:03:14

@Dark Eagle. Yeah. In a sense, you've worked with pointers as it is. A bit of an odd choice to start with arrays before pointers in C since, arrays are a shorthand for a bit of pointer arithmetic. Okay, that's enough before I really get too far into it. Anyways, I know how the whole cold thing is. I'm not feeling as well as I'd like myself. Anyways, best of luck on everyone's writing ventures.

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2019-01-12 09:18:42

@Guitarman, Yep I knew about the third book, though  Itunes is the spawn of Satan my lady and I will probably wait until its available somewhere else. Hopefully though I can put together a review for it today.
As far as description goes, for me the description was always an easy thing to do, just a matter of looking at the flow of the words and deciding how things happen. character dialogue is something I've had to learn a little more, but I'm getting ontop of it these days.

With fights scenes, if you can find anything by Douglas Hill he's an author I'd really recommend. Most of his stuff was what would now be considered short Ya stuff bought out in the mid eighties, and usually has an sf theme, though some of it is also apparently fatnasy. I've sadly never been able to read as much of his stuf I'd have liked, but the thing he does amazingly well is describe action scenes especially physical combat and martial arts. I particularly admire the way he is able to be both poetic enough to give some real atmosphere to the description, and yet not too wordy to take away from the over all pace and flow of the narrative.

The novella I'm working on doesn't have any particularly major action sequences, but its something I'm baring in mind for the future.

Well for the past couple of days I've been in my university, wearing long red robes, a silly hat and having my phd officially confirmed on me. The ceremony was nice, if a little formal and I was able to go back to the college I lived at and it was good that it seemed to have a semi decent guy in charge as opposed to the complete arse hole who took over just before I moved out.
I also amusingly enough bought a college scarf and a mug.

to explain what I mean (since I know "college" can mean a lot of different things across the world ( especially in the states). College in Britain means a subsidiary education establishment to a university, be that a small part of a larger university, or an independent instittuion in its own right offering different qualifications to those you'd get at an academi university.
when I say "college" I mean it in the first sense, as a part of a main university. Durham, rather like Oxford, Cambridge, York and several others is a colegic university.
Colleges are sort of like Hogwarts school houses. You live in your college, which is a cluster of buildings in its own right, you have tutorials with people from your college, and each college also has a lot of activities of its own, for example its own sports teams, formal events, music groups etc, I for instance was in the college choir.

I'm actually a little sad I'm not  living in Durham city, since with my phd, I could probably go and work for colege as a tutor, looking after younger  and making sure they're okay, as they've manifestly only just left home and are at uni. A college tutor isn't someone who teaches, academically, they basically just make sure everyone is doing alright, and if a person needs taking care, of needs someone to talk to or whatever the college tutor is the person to go to since they're apart from the academic department.

So I bought an official college scarf, which actually looks rather like newt Skemanda's from fantastic beasts since it is black with yellow lines, though has the crossed scythes of the college crest on it.

other than that, various things on the agenda for today. I need to play my harp, as I've not played for a while, and get back to my sf novella. I also have picked up cosmic rage again as I would like to try the new combat system. Also, as regards this topic I want to get a review done for becky Chambers book the long way to a small angry planet.

I've been quite pleased that www.fantasybookreview.co.uk have recently been posting up more of my reviews, most recently the ones I did for Sanctury by Carin Lix and Desperation by Stephen King, but while there is a bit of a backlog of reviews to post I still want to write more, and in particular, I would like to get the Becky Chambers one done while her book is fresh in my mind.

With our dreaming and singing, Ceaseless and sorrowless we! The glory about us clinging Of the glorious futures we see,
Our souls with high music ringing; O men! It must ever be
That we dwell in our dreaming and singing, A little apart from ye. (Arthur O'Shaughnessy 1873.)

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2019-01-14 06:45:45

Nothing new for me this month  except trying to find a good  microphone, anyone have an  experience with  yeti microphones, I heard they were really good, what do you people on audiogames  forum think

what is reallity, is it what we experience, is it what we here, no, reallity is what we believe

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